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John MacArthur Sermon Archive Galatians: The Charter of Freedom

“If the Son shall make you free, you shall be free, indeed.” Or, putting it in the words of Jesus Christ, “You shall know the truth, and,” what? “The truth shall make you free.”

Now, Galatians just simply takes those two statements and expands them and really pushes it into every possible consideration. It is truth alone that frees. Anything else is bondage. A simple way to illustrate that is, take, for example, the man who has a mathematical problem. And he must come to some decision before he can be free from the problem. In other words, he wants to discover some very important solution to a problem. It’s not just a classroom problem, it’s a problem that affects humanity.

So he goes into his laboratory, and he goes into all of his knowledge of mathematics, and he begins to study the problem, and he works, and he works, and he works. And he is never free until he gets the answer. You see? But once he gets the truth and the answer to the problem comes, then he is free. You see, it is only truth that liberates. Until a man comes to truth, he is never free from the search, you see. Galatians expands on the fact that the truth is Jesus Christ. And it offers to men true freedom.

Galatians Introduction and Commencement

The Greeter

Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;) 
  Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;) 
Paul opens his letter different than we would. gives name first
“If the Son shall make you free, you shall be free, indeed.” Or, putting it in the words of Jesus Christ, “You shall know the truth, and,” what? “The truth shall make you free.”
John 3:16 KJV 1900
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Now he starts off giving his credentials This is not how He usually does this
Ephesians 1:1 KJV 1900
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:
1 Corinthians 1:1 KJV 1900
Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,
Romans 1:1 KJV 1900
Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
People in Galatia must have been questioning his apostleship. Well who is Paul think he is any way. Listen to us Paul is no one.
And to be fair many people call themselves apostles today and claim to have a message from God but to be an apostle you have to meet a certain criteria
Acts 1:22 KJV 1900
Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.
look at acts 1:22 and look at 1 cor 15:3-8
1 Corinthians 15:3–8 KJV 1900
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
22 and look at 1 cor 15:3-8
Two takeaways make sure what you are listening to is from the Lord and you do not just listen to any one
a person that really does have a message from the Lord can validate it.
IF they cant validate or get mad at you when you ask for validation they are off base.
The bible gives tests to know if a prophet is true or not .
In Galatia he had been subjected to the great sorrow of having his apostleship called into question. Does he, therefore, give up his claim to the office and retire from the work? No, not for a moment
And if they question you do not back down.
We like Paul we have a message from God not on our own authority.
Jesus spoke as one having authority and not as the scribes
Neighborhood app chick filet our liberal city council not letting them in because of the owners values. Diversity kick out the Christians. We should respect every ones opinion I do not
do you think you are always right no But I know who is always right and it gives me great comfort knowing I do not have to have all the answers I just have to know who does.
his message of the gospel was not of human origin and they needed to pay attention we have the same message comes from the same place validate it to your listeners
• The individuals with the greeter.
And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia: 
Even though he had a divine calling it was not a solo effort it was a group effort
In many of his letters he included others as coauthors.
and they were not equal to Paul but he never wanted to keep himself set apart from them
1 Corinthians 1:1 KJV 1900
Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,
2 Corinthians 2:1 KJV 1900
But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness.
2 Corinthians 1:1 KJV 1900
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia:
1 Thessalonians 1:1 KJV 1900
Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1 thes 1:1
  Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,   Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia:   Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. 
let me ask you who can you include in on what you are doing for the Lord ?
John the baptist had disciples even the pharisees had disciples
we need that desire in the church to bring some one else along to teach some one else
Paul did not want to take all the Glory he did not want to do it alone
he realized it was more powerful when it was a group effort.
more powerful when we all agree we all care we all believe this
can you take Paul's example and include some one with what ever you are doing for the Lord.

The Greeted

  And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia: 
“The churches.” These would include many of the churches Paul started on his first missionary trip.
Who were the Galatians ?
  And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia: 
Mainly gentile converts that Paul Lead to the Lord
• The Churches
“The churches.” These would include many of the churches Paul started on his first missionary trip.
During his first missionary trip evangelized . Paul had gone with Barnabas, and he had evangelized four primary cities, Derby, Lystra, Iconium and Antioch of Pisidia. And in those four cities, he had established churches.
Not to one church but to many churches in this region
so this letter would be meant to be read in all of them.
Col_4:16  And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea.
1Th_5:27  I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren.
Rev_1:11  Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
Why did he write it to them?
Galatians, which may be the earliest of Paul’s letters, is also his most impassioned. It gives us a strong presentation of the truth that sinners are justified and live godly lives by trusting in Jesus alone.
false teachers had come in and were teaching another gospel
the congregations were under pressure by “Judaizers,” who were preaching the need for Gentile Christians to observe the Mosaic law
specifically with regard to circumcision Obediace to the law was an essential part of salvation
they wanted them to observe special feast days
faith was not enough to save them
look gal 2:3-6
Galatians, which may be the earliest of Paul’s letters, is also his most impassioned. It gives us a strong presentation of the truth that sinners are justified and live godly lives by trusting in Jesus alone.
the central issue addressed by the Jerusalem Council in . In Galatians Paul vehemently opposes the Judaizers, but nowhere does he invoke the momentous decision of the Council in support of his message of salvation solely by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
  And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved. 
  When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question. 
  And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren. 
  And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them. 
  But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses. 
  And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter. 
The omission seems odd if Paul wrote the letter after the meeting occurred; therefore, many scholars believe he composed Galatians after his first journey ended but before the Council met, and that his visit to Jerusalem recorded in chapter 2 corresponds to the famine relief visit of . Since Paul began his second missionary journey only after the Jerusalem Council took place, this epistle must be written during this time.
He wrote it to set them free
they wanted them to observe special feat days
Galatians, which may be the earliest of Paul’s letters, is also his most impassioned. It gives us a strong presentation of the truth that sinners are justified and live godly lives by trusting in Jesus alone.
Now, Galatians has been called, by other people in history, such things as the Magna Carta of spiritual liberty
It has been branded as the battle cry of the Reformation
Martin Luther really began the Reformation with the writing of a commentary on Galatians
And the preaching of Luther around the Reformation was preaching from Galatians.
He said, and I quote, “The epistle to the Galatians is my epistle. To it I am, as it were, in wedlock.” Then he said, “Galatians is my Catherine.”
“Christianity might have been just one more Jewish sect, and the thought of the Western world might have been entirely pagan had Galatians never been written.”
everybody talking about freedom today but no one is free
Women's lib so now you can kill your baby and be in bondage to guilt and sin for the rest of your life
What the World calls freedom is actually rebellion
People in the church go along with it and get that spirit It always eventually turns against God
Preacher caught fornicating dad could not call him down board could not call him down started having trials and problems turns out God could not call him down either all that anger that he had for his leaders in the name of God eventually turned against God. not freedom rebellion
Western man, though he talks a lot about freedom, hasn’t got the faintest idea what freedom is. He talks about a new morality that’s no longer under the old bondage. He talks about a new ethic. It’s not a new morality. It’s not new at all. It’s not really a new ethic. He prides himself on free speech and free right to dissent and free love and freedom from authority and freedom from responsibility, and he claims that all of this is freedom, and none of it is freedom.
“If the Son shall make you free, you shall be free, indeed.” Or, putting it in the words of Jesus Christ, “You shall know the truth, and,” what? “The truth shall make you free.”
Now, Galatians just simply takes those two statements and expands it
It is truth alone that frees. Anything else is bondage. A simple way to illustrate that is, take, for example, the man who has a mathematical problem. And he must come to some decision before he can be free from the problem. In other words, he wants to discover some very important solution to a problem. It’s not just a classroom problem, it’s a problem that affects humanity.
So he goes into his laboratory, and he goes into all of his knowledge of mathematics, and he begins to study the problem, and he works, and he works, and he works. And he is never free until he gets the answer. You see? But once he gets the truth and the answer to the problem comes, then he is free. You see, it is only truth that liberates. Until a man comes to truth, he is never free from the search, you see. Galatians expands on the fact that the truth is Jesus Christ. And it offers to men true freedom.
Galatians was written to clarify and defend “the truth of the gospel” (2:16) in the face of a false gospel. This was done by: (1) defending Paul’s message and authority as an apostle, (2) considering the Old Testament basis of the gospel message, and (3) demonstrating how the gospel message Paul preached worked practically in daily Christian living.
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• The Country
• The country. “Galatia.” Galatia was an area of changing boundaries where most of Paul’s first missionary journey took place. It is located in today’s western half of Turkey.
“Galatia.” Galatia was an area of changing boundaries where most of Paul’s first missionary journey took place. It is located in today’s western half of Turkey.
Where was Galatia? In Modern day Turkey.
It is a region in modern day turkey that was 175 miles wide and 250 miles from north to south
maps
Pisidian Antioch
  And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath. 
  Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God. 
Act 13:43  Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God. 
  And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God. 
Act 13:44  And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God. 
Act 13:45  But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming. 
  But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming. 
You can see the area here on the map
  Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. 
Act 13:46  Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. 
Act 13:47  For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth. 
  For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth. 
  And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed. 
Act 13:48  And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed. 
  And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the region. 
Act 13:49  And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the region. 
  But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts. 
Act 13:50  But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts. 
  But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came unto Iconium. 
Act 13:51  But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came unto Iconium. 
Paul and Barnabas traveled to Iconium after leaving Pisidian Antioch due to rising persecution In Iconium, they also experienced persecution for their message
  And it came to pass in Iconium, that they went both together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake, that a great multitude both of the Jews and also of the Greeks believed. 
  But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made their minds evil affected against the brethren. 
  Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands. 
  But the multitude of the city was divided: and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles. 
  And when there was an assault made both of the Gentiles, and also of the Jews with their rulers, to use them despitefully, and to stone them, 
  They were ware of it, and fled unto Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and unto the region that lieth round about: 
  And there they preached the gospel. 
was one of the four major cities where the Apostle Paul and Barnabas ministered during his first missionary journey (). Paul and Barnabas traveled to Iconium after leaving Pisidian Antioch due to rising persecution (). In Iconium, they also experienced persecution for their message and fled to Lystra (), where they once again met with hostility from the locals. Acts records that Jews from both Pisidian Antioch and Iconium came to Lystra and incited violence, resulting in Paul being stoned and dragged outside the city
and fled to Lystra , where they once again met with hostility from the locals. Acts records that Jews from both Pisidian Antioch and Iconium came to Lystra and incited violence, resulting in Paul being stoned and dragged outside the city
  And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother's womb, who never had walked: 
  The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed, 
  Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked. 
Iconium was one of the four major cities where the Apostle Paul and Barnabas ministered during his first missionary journey (). Paul and Barnabas traveled to Iconium after leaving Pisidian Antioch due to rising persecution (). In Iconium, they also experienced persecution for their message and fled to Lystra (), where they once again met with hostility from the locals. Acts records that Jews from both Pisidian Antioch and Iconium came to Lystra and incited violence, resulting in Paul being stoned and dragged outside the city
Pic of temple ruins
  And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men. 
  And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker. 
  Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people. 
  Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out, 
  And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein: 
  Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways. 
  Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness. 
  And with these sayings scarce restrained they the people, that they had not done sacrifice unto them. 
Paul Stoned at Lystra
  And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and, having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead. 
  Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe. 
  And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch, 
  Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. 
  And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed. 
And if you read and 14, you’ll see that he made an unbelievable sacrifice on their behalf, that it almost cost him his life, that he was thrown out on the city dump heap, having been stoned, they thought, to death. It was a tremendous price that he paid, and his blood was shed in behalf of that little area and those churches there. And so he loved them, and they belonged to him, and they were his children in the faith.
What does it look like now ?
Lake Eğirdir is the second largest freshwater lake in Turkey. It is situated southwest of Pisidian Antioch where Paul preached in the Jewish synagogue. It is likely that Paul’s letter to the Galatians was sent to the churches in this region.
Mainly gentile converts that Paul Lead to the Lord

The Greeting

Now, Galatians just simply takes those two statements and expands them and really pushes it into every possible consideration. It is truth alone that frees. Anything else is bondage. A simple way to illustrate that is, take, for example, the man who has a mathematical problem. And he must come to some decision before he can be free from the problem. In other words, he wants to discover some very important solution to a problem. It’s not just a classroom problem, it’s a problem that affects humanity.
  Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, 
• The Grace in the Greeting
If is the genius of the gospel to wish well to others
The gospel is good news
gospel means good news
Look at the order grace first than peace
it would be bad if it came the other way than you would never get right.
See people dying nursing home scared because not saved yelling screaming than they juice them with the morphine or lorazapam.
end of life anxiety normal want to talk to doctor about it. Talk to Lord Give you grace and than he will give you peace.
Do you have peace? if not look for grace than you will find peace if you look for peace first you will never find it.
there will be no peace saith my God to the wicked.
Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.
to have peace you have to have a peace maker.
Also see how he addresses those in doctrinal error.
HE is courteous He is proper He starts with a customary salutation.
Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: 
• The Gift in the Greeting
  Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: 
As eager as he was to get to his subject he thought he should take a little detour and brag on The Lord Jesus christ.
for our sins that prompted the gift He gave himself for our sins that was the only way he could secure our salvation.
There is no other way to get out from the payment or the condemnation of Christ ahn he die for it in our place
That he might deliver us . From this present evil World
In Paul’s day the world was in a horrible state. Then, the slave was chained to his master’s door like a dog and slept at night in a hole under the stairs, and the slave’s master indulged in all kinds of debauchery and sin.
The wickedness from that day what was socially acceptable in that day what their gods did was so despicable it is a shame to mention.
you had insest and sleeping with beasts
Gladiator shows to celebrate a public holiday while people murdered each other
He did gather them out—a holy people who could not and would not live as the rest of the world lived.
They did not go away into the deserts or hide themselves in caves, living as hermits;
went up to the town to the market to church, they took care of the duties of life, yet they were different different morals different thought different light of eternity
Christ had come to draw them out of the pit of sin to make them like Jesus
Holy loving generous
That was the point of Christ’s death: to deliver us from the world’s condemnation and to deliver us from the world’s condition.
never forget this is a present evil world and I cannot wait till it will be done forever.
Are you looking to be delivered from it or are you looking to be a part of it ? Jesus did not come to make you a better world traveler and better business man and help you rise to the top of the worlds pile but to deliver you so do not get attached.
Never forget he came to deliver you set you free and it happens in stages
  But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: 
  Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us; 
To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. 
  To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. 
• The Glory in the Greeting
A key issue between the competing views of the gospel (salvation by grace vs. salvation by works) has to do with who gets the glory. Works-salvation provides a basis for a person to “boast” (6:13; ), while appreciation for the undeserved grace of God prompts the believer to give God alone the glory forever.
  For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh. 
  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 
  Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Paul's life was about one thing glorifying the Lord
That was his motive for everything he did
every message he preached every letter he wrote every beating he took
every cross he carried
Philippians 1:20 KJV 1900
According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.
  According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.
That is why we here at this church more than anything we want to Glorify the Lord that is our chief end and it should be the chief end of man
Revelation 4:11 KJV 1900
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

Colossians 1:18

18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, athe firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

that is all things ye might have the preeminace
The gospel is good news
gospel means good news
Look at the order grace first than peace
it would be bad if it came the other way than you would never get right.
So he goes into his laboratory, and he goes into all of his knowledge of mathematics, and he begins to study the problem, and he works, and he works, and he works. And he is never free until he gets the answer. You see? But once he gets the truth and the answer to the problem comes, then he is free. You see, it is only truth that liberates. Until a man comes to truth, he is never free from the search, you see. Galatians expands on the fact that the truth is Jesus Christ. And it offers to men true freedom.
John 3:16 KJV 1900
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:16 KJV 1900
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
See people dying nursing home scared because not saved yelling screaming than they juice them with the morphine or lorazapam.
end of life anxiety normal want to talk to doctor about it. Talk to Lord Give you grace and than he will give you peace.
Do you have peace? if not look for grace than you will find peace if you look for peace first you will never find it.
there will be no peace saith my God to the wicked.
john 3:16
Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.
3:16
to have peace you have to have a peace maker.
Also see how he addresses those in doctrinal error.
HE is courteous He is proper He starts with a customary salutation.
It is a region in modern day turkey that was 175 miles wide and 250 miles from north to south
Paul established churches in these cities when he took his first missionary journey
Paul established churches in these cities when he took his first missionary journey
You can see the area here on the map Not to one church but to many churches in this region
Not to one church but to many churches in this region
And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia:
During his first missionary trip evangelized . Paul had gone with Barnabas, and he had evangelized four primary cities, Derby, Lystra, Iconium and Antioch of Pisidia. And in those four cities, he had established churches.
Iconium Lystra Derbe and Antioch of
Iconium was one of the four major cities where the Apostle Paul and Barnabas ministered during his first missionary journey (). Paul and Barnabas traveled to Iconium after leaving Pisidian Antioch due to rising persecution (). In Iconium, they also experienced persecution for their message and fled to Lystra (), where they once again met with hostility from the locals. Acts records that Jews from both Pisidian Antioch and Iconium came to Lystra and incited violence, resulting in Paul being stoned and dragged outside the city
Iconium lystra derbe and antioch of
And if you read and 14, you’ll see that he made an unbelievable sacrifice on their behalf, that it almost cost him his life, that he was thrown out on the city dump heap, having been stoned, they thought, to death. It was a tremendous price that he paid, and his blood was shed in behalf of that little area and those churches there. And so he loved them, and they belonged to him, and they were his children in the faith.
What does it look like now ?
Lake Eğirdir is the second largest freshwater lake in Turkey. It is situated southwest of Pisidian Antioch where Paul preached in the Jewish synagogue. It is likely that Paul’s letter to the Galatians was sent to the churches in this region.
Who were the Galatians ?
  Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: 
Mainly gentile converts that Paul Lead to the Lord
Mainly gentile converts that Paul Lead to the Lord
How was the Church started?
  To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. 
How was the Church started?
Galatians, which may be the earliest of Paul’s letters, is also his most impassioned. It gives us a strong presentation of the truth that sinners are justified and live godly lives by trusting in Jesus alone.
Paul’s letter to the Galatians addresses multiple church congregations under pressure by “Judaizers,” who were preaching the need for Gentile Christians to observe the Mosaic law
specifically with regard to circumcision—
the central issue addressed by the Jerusalem Council in . In Galatians Paul vehemently opposes the Judaizers, but nowhere does he invoke the momentous decision of the Council in support of his message of salvation solely by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
The omission seems odd if Paul wrote the letter after the meeting occurred; therefore, many scholars believe he composed Galatians after his first journey ended but before the Council met, and that his visit to Jerusalem recorded in chapter 2 corresponds to the famine relief visit of . Since Paul began his second missionary journey only after the Jerusalem Council took place, this epistle must be written during this time.
He wrote it to set them free
Obediace to the law was an essential part of salvation
they wanted them to observe special feat days
Galatians, which may be the earliest of Paul’s letters, is also his most impassioned. It gives us a strong presentation of the truth that sinners are justified and live godly lives by trusting in Jesus alone.
Now, Galatians has been called, by other people in history, such things as the Magna Carta of spiritual liberty
It has been branded as the battle cry of the Reformation
Martin Luther really began the Reformation with the writing of a commentary on Galatians
And the preaching of Luther around the Reformation was preaching from Galatians.
He said, and I quote, “The epistle to the Galatians is my epistle. To it I am, as it were, in wedlock.” Then he said, “Galatians is my Catherine.”
“Christianity might have been just one more Jewish sect, and the thought of the Western world might have been entirely pagan had Galatians never been written.”
everybody talking about freedom today but no one is free
Women's lib so now you can kill your baby and be in bondage to guilt and sin for the rest of your life
What the World calls freedom is actually rebellion
People in the church go along with it and get that spirit It always eventually turns against God
Preacher caught fornicating dad could not call him down board could not call him down started having trials and problems turns out God could not call him down either all that anger that he had for his leaders in the name of God eventually turned against God. not freedom rebellion
Western man, though he talks a lot about freedom, hasn’t got the faintest idea what freedom is. He talks about a new morality that’s no longer under the old bondage. He talks about a new ethic. It’s not a new morality. It’s not new at all. It’s not really a new ethic. He prides himself on free speech and free right to dissent and free love and freedom from authority and freedom from responsibility, and he claims that all of this is freedom, and none of it is freedom.
“If the Son shall make you free, you shall be free, indeed.” Or, putting it in the words of Jesus Christ, “You shall know the truth, and,” what? “The truth shall make you free.”
Now, Galatians just simply takes those two statements and expands them and really pushes it into every possible consideration. It is truth alone that frees. Anything else is bondage. A simple way to illustrate that is, take, for example, the man who has a mathematical problem. And he must come to some decision before he can be free from the problem. In other words, he wants to discover some very important solution to a problem. It’s not just a classroom problem, it’s a problem that affects humanity.
So he goes into his laboratory, and he goes into all of his knowledge of mathematics, and he begins to study the problem, and he works, and he works, and he works. And he is never free until he gets the answer. You see? But once he gets the truth and the answer to the problem comes, then he is free. You see, it is only truth that liberates. Until a man comes to truth, he is never free from the search, you see. Galatians expands on the fact that the truth is Jesus Christ. And it offers to men true freedom.
Galatians was written to clarify and defend “the truth of the gospel” (2:5, 16) in the face of a false gospel. This was done by: (1) defending Paul’s message and authority as an apostle, (2) considering the Old Testament basis of the gospel message, and (3) demonstrating how the gospel message Paul preached worked practically in daily Christian living.

THE COMMENCEMENT OF PAUL

Galatians 1:1–5 KJV 1900
Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;) And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia: Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Galatians 1:1–5 KJV 1900
Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;) And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia: Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
  Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;) 
Now he starts off giving his credentials This is not how He usually does this
Ephesians 1:1 KJV 1900
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:
Ephesians 1:1 KJV 1900
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:
1 Corinthians 1:1 KJV 1900
Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,
Ephesians 1:1 KJV 1900
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:
Romans 1:1 KJV 1900
Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
People in Galatia must have been questioning his apostleship. Well who is Paul think he is any way. Listen to us Paul is no one.
And to be fair many people call themselves apostles today and claim to have a message from God but to be an apostle you have to meet a certain criteria
look at acts 1:22 and look at 1 cor 15:3-8
Acts 1:22 KJV 1900
Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.
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Two takeaways make sure what you are listening to is from the Lord and you do not just listen to any one
a person that really does have a message from the Lord can validate it.
In Galatia he had been subjected to the great sorrow of having his apostleship called into question. Does he, therefore, give up his claim to the office and retire from the work? No, not for a moment
And if they question you do not back down.
We like Paul we have a message from God not on our own authority.
his message of the gospel was not of human origin and they needed to pay attention we have the same message comes from the same place validate it to your listeners
1. The Greeter (,)
Unlike our letters, this epistle began with the greeter, the writer of the epistle. Our letters traditionally end by identifying the writer.
  And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia: 
Even though he had a divine calling it was not a solo effort it was a group effort
In many of his letters he included others as coauthors.
and they were not equal to Paul but he never wanted to keep himself set apart from them
  Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,   Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia:   Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. 
let me ask you who can you include in on what you are doing for the Lord ?
Paul did not want to take all the Glory he did not want to do it alone
he realized it was more powerful when it was a group effort.
more powerful when we all agree we all care we all believe this
can you take Paul's example and include some one with what ever you are doing for the Lord.
If is the genius of the gospel to wish well to others
The gospel is good news
gospel means good news
Look at the order grace first than peace
it would be bad if it came the other way than you would never get right.
See people dying nursing home scared because not saved yelling screaming than they juice them with the morphine or lorazapam.
end of life anxiety normal want to talk to doctor about it. Talk to Lord Give you grace and than he will give you peace.
Do you have peace? if not look for grace than you will find peace if you look for peace first you will never find it.
there will be no peace saith my God to the wicked.
Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.
to have peace you have to have a peace maker.
Also see how he addresses those in doctrinal error.
HE is courteous He is proper He starts with a customary salutation.
As eager as he was to get to his subject he thought he should take a little detour and brag on The Lord Jesus christ.
  Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: 
  To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. 
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